Christmas is nearly here, and in case someone still needs gift ideas for ANY girl in their life, I can guarantee you this item will earn you MAJOR points for LIFE. You've probably seen this bag on the arm or shoulder of every it girl (or boy) on social media, and aside from it's popularity, it is a classic bag from a high end name that will last in your wardrobe for a lifetime. Introducing the newest addition to my lust list: the boy Chanel flap bag.
Happy Friday, and happy official start to the holiday season! It is now socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music, bake and eat to your heart's content, and make your own holiday wish lists! I'm super guilty of already starting the latter, and I'm sharing a few tips I go by when others ask what I want for gifts. I love to be very specific (pictures, serial numbers, you get the idea) because a) it makes it so much easier on the gift giver and 2. you know you will be getting something you have been wanting/needing! When it comes to items on those lists, I always make sure to include the following three items:
I LOVE Chanel lip products, but prices are pretty steep ($30 here) and items like this (Dior, Armani, YSL) SO rarely go on sale. Classic perfumes also tend to be in high demand and never make it to the sale rack. I would definitely recommend making sure to include a few of these higher end beauty items on your list to stock up on for the rest of year.
Similar to the beauty items above, classic jewelry pieces (like the ones from Tiffany & Co pictured above) never go on sale, and it is incredibly hard to find legit secondhand pieces that are in a nice shape. Also, the thought of putting earrings in my own ears that have been in other ears just totally puts me off. I got the pictured necklace and earrings as gifts on separate occasions, and it is great to know they are authentic, in pristine condition, and don't contain ear germs, you feel me?
Designer Wardorbe Staples
While I have bought quite a few designer wardrobe staple pieces secondhand, these items tend to be worn frequently, and they will obviously last you longer when they are purchased brand new. These classic tops from Burberry are favorites of mine, and were also received as gifts in the past. The black polo has been in my closet for nearly 8 years! While pricey, you are definitely getting your money's worth in the longterm as the quality is so high. These are definitely great pieces to invest in for you closet, and receiving these as gifts allows you to focus more on your #fancyfinds! :)
My main takeways from this post is to make sure you plan, know what you need, and not be afraid to utilize the your wishlist to get those items that just never go on sale!
Happy Monday everyone! (sick joke, I know.)
So lately I've shared a few posts about the successes I've found shopping eBay (check out the post on my gorgeous "new" LV bag here!) It may be hard to tell, but finding these kinds of deals is a long process. I start with the initial step of scoping out what kind of quality I can get at different price points, and once I find a quality and price I am happy with, I start the bidding fun. It takes a lot of self control to stick to a budget, and not get swept up in the whirlwind of the bidding war! For those who may be to new to eBay, check out my blog post here about how to shop smart on the bidding site.
I currently have a few items on my lust list, and I decided to share those items, my budget, and my process with all of you!
1. Louboutin Heels // Budget: $100
The luxurious red bottoms! Louboutins are an iconic shoe brand, and I think the pop of color on the sole is super sexy for date night or going out. A pair of Louboutins retail STARTING at $600, and I've seen pairs priced up to 5 figures. (!!!) I'm looking for a classic, secondhand pair of pumps that I can wear with a variety of outfits, and have only moderate wear. I have found pairs in very good condition, with only light scratching to the platform of the red sole, going for around $100-$200. I really like the former, and have this magic number in my head. I have come super close, and I'm hoping to hit the jackpot very soon!
2. Gucci duffle // Budget: $250
As I start to accumulate more and more stamps on my passport (yay!), I've become in total awe of people that can pack their entire getaway necessities in one easy carry-on duffle or rollerbag. In the long run, it saves you money in luggage fees, and you get to skip the total pain of baggage claim. (This always gives me panic sweat, I am so weak and practically get dragged around the belt as I attempt to haul my bag off!) While new Gucci duffles start at around $1800, beautiful vintage pieces are selling for under $500 on eBay. I wasn't sure if I could manage a duffle on my own while traveling, but the strap makes transport easy, and who knows, maybe I'll gain some upper body strength.
3. Prada sunglasses // Budget: $50
For the past few years, I have been totally faithful to my Rayban wayfarers and aviators. They are both classic, go with practically every outfit, and can literally survive anything (toilets, sidewalks, toddlers, you name it). I've been looking to add some variety to my eye game, and have been searching around for a few more iconic, fun new pieces. ( I recently just added a new family member to my sunglasses collection, that fancy find will be up later this week!) I love the bar over the nose and the round frames of these Prada glasses pictured above. I'm actually totally sick about it, because as I was searching around for price ideas on these glasses, I came across a pair very similar to the picture above, that ultimately sold for $40. Yes, that's right people, only 1 zero at the end! I didn't bid yet, because I was still not too sure about what kind of deals I could find. Fast forward a few weeks later, and I still have yet to come across a price anywhere near that! Fancy tip: If you find anything Prada for only double digits, BUY IT.
As I mentioned above, I'll be sharing a new fancy find later this week! Make sure to follow fancy free on facebook, IG, and twitter (links on the home page) to keep up to date on posts and for fun behind the scenes! :)
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- Marie Claire, September 2016